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Samaras confident of European success

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras is confident the Bhoys have what it takes to secure qualification for the Champions League group stages ahead of the play-off with Helsingborg.

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The Hoops haven't dined at Europe's top table since 2008 due to a combination of missing out on the SPL title and a couple of embarrassing defeats to some minnows on the continent.
However, having overcome Finnish champions HJK Helsinki home and away in the last round Neil Lennon's men are confident of more success in Scandinavia when they travel to Sweden for Tuesday's game.
Celtic will hope for a positive result in the first leg and are 2.60 to win the match, with Helsingborg 2.80 and the draw 3.10.
However, the SPL champions could be in for a testing night, with their Swedish opponents having defeated Slask Wroclaw 6-1 on aggregate in the last round of the Champions League.
Helsingborg also won their last home game in the Allsvenskan 7-2 but that doesn't bother Samaras who is confident of victory.
The Greek striker says the Bhoys are desperate to reach the group stages of the Champions League and believes they have the quality to match Europe's elite.
Samaras said: "We are the same players and every month, every year, we are getting closer together and getting to know each other better so I think this is the moment to go to the highest level.
"We want to play at the top level and the Champions League is the highest level in European football.
"We want to raise the bar a bit higher and the aim is to be in the group stages of the Champions League."
Celtic are 251.00 to cause a huge upset and win this season's Champions League.

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